My latest collection: phrases comprised of two nouns that convey meaning beyond the sum of their parts. Do these things have an official name? All I know is that I love them.

  • battle mentality
  • cleavage lean
  • courtroom cruelty
  • death factory
  • faith wound
  • firework kids
  • gawker bottleneck
  • gospel baritone
  • gossip food
  • grudge elephant
  • hound loyalty
  • love history
  • memory flinch
  • mind whip
  • muscle corset
  • nightcrawler fingers
  • ordeal justice
  • shadow facts
  • skeleton trees
  • spectator pews
  • trouble magnet
  • undertow voice
  • whiskey kiss

I’m still missing several letters for the alphabet list, so let me know if you find some favorites in your reading.



One thought on “noun+noun=more

  1. Dear Emily, A most curious word list, a type of combination (noun – noun) that I have never considered. Some quite evocative constructs. You really are a great list maker. The review of Velocipede Races was very nice. The Austen/Rocky reference was pretty clever. Have you received your first NYRB? The next issue should arrive any day now. Wishes, Dad

    Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:30:11 +0000 To:


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